Just over the border, Barton-on-Sea and Milford On Sea have some the best beaches in Hampshire close to the county of Dorset and they offer some magnificent coastal walks over the cliff tops. For longer-distance walks, the beginning of the Solent Way footpath lies just a stone’s throw away. Famous for its fossil beds, this stony and sandy beach is a great place for bringing the family for days out
Cafe, restaurant and shops available
Beach huts are available for hire
Hengistbury Head is a nature reserve that is home to a variety of wildlife, including 300 different bird species, Hengistbury Head encompasses woodland, heathland and saltmarsh and juts out of the mainland between Bournemouth and Christchurch, a few miles west of the New Forest. Walks can be taken across the headland on the gravel paths or along the New Forest coast, or a land train also runs from the car park to the spit and harbour entrance. It also has a Visitor Centre, where you can learn more about the area’s geology, ecology and archaeology.
Long stay car park
Disabled access: smooth paths, land train and Land Rover service
Dogs welcome year-round
Food and drink available